Overview - 2019/2020
The Plumbing Techniques program is an Ontario College Certificate program designed to prepare graduates for entrance into a plumbing career through the understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of the plumbing trade and the associated tools and materials. Students will participate in the practical application of fundamental plumbing activities in labs on site at the College in addition to the theory learned in a face-to-face web-enhanced environment. This is an entry level credential and students are not required or qualified to become members of a professional or regulatory body upon completion.
PLQ1 program progression
Fall (September) start date:
Fall Winter Start Level 1 Level 2
Admission Requirements - 2019/2020OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Applicant Selection CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
• Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Plumbing Techniques program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Plumbing Techniques program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Plumbing Techniques program.
Level 1 PLUM-1027 Plumbing Theory 1-Intro 5 This course is a detailed study of common pipe and fittings used for plumbing installations. Terminology of design, manufacture and sizing as well as approved uses of different materials will be taught. Plumbing trade terminology which is used for different drainage systems will also be explained. PLUM-1028 Tools & Piping Methods 1 2 In this "hands on" practical course, the student will be instructed on the safe and proper use of hand tools and power equipment. The student will be expected to use, care and maintain various tools necessary to perform a plumbing related task. Safety, rigging and hoisting are criteria required for apprentices in the plumbing trade in order to develop safety and awareness on a construction site. Skills learned from the other courses in the program will be demonstrated by the student by drawing, designing and assembling a simple residential drainage, waste and vent system or part of such system either alone or with a partner. DRAF-1065 Trade Documentation 1 3 This preliminary drafting and blueprint course is designed to give the student the ability to design simple trade related drawings acceptable to a tradesperson. The student will be expected to identify different drawings in a set of plans including Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Structural plans as well as the Specifications and use them for material takeoff, layout and installation. MATH-1198 Trade Calculations 1 3 This course introduces the basic concepts involved in metric and imperial measurement as they apply to the construction trade. Students will calculate linear measurements, piping offsets related to the plumbing trade, and square roots. Students will also solve business applications of simple interest and compound interest problems. WELD-1060 Welding-Intro 1.5 An introductory course which provides theoretical and practical training for the student to flare, swage, braze, and solder copper piping, and to cut or weld (SMAW) plate and angle steel in a safe manner. SFTY-1063 Construction Health & Safety 2 Students will learn about safe working habits and procedures in accordance with applicable safety standards and regulations in the construction industry, with particular attention to personal protective equipment, tools, working at heights, in trenches and confined spaces. Students will become aware of relevant sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) standards. Level 2 PLUM-3010 Plumbing Theory 2 5 Review of Theory 1, highlighting the critical concepts and their applications. Trade terminology for different drainage systems will be explained and why only one is permitted today by code. Floor drains, funnel floor drains, priming methods and venting exceptions are discussed. Various plumbing traps and types, sizing, trap seal loss and fixture outlet pipes are explained. Sizing the drainage system and grading or sloping according to code will be shown. Venting of the drainage system according to acceptable practice and code will be discussed and demonstrated in this course. Types of individual vents, branch vents with pertinent rules and sizes are stressed. Group vents, dual vents, wet vents, and circuit vents are explained in depth. Roof flashings and vent terminals are discussed at length. PLUM-3011 Tools & Piping Methods 2 2 This "hands on" course continues from Plumbing Theory I and prepares the student to make quality joints as required for shop projects. By practicing the techniques taught the student will be able to safely transport, set up and use Oxy-acetylene torches, "B" tanks, Propane or Butane torches. Joint preparation, purpose of flux, proper tip use and heat will be shown. Cutting mild steel using a torch as well as soldering copper using both hard and soft solders will be demonstrated and practiced. Calculations for offsets of varying degrees, preparing and assembling of projects using skills learned from the other courses in the program will be demonstrated. Skills are required for the rigging of loads in order to move or hoist materials, equipment or tools in a safe and professional manner according to the O.H.S.A. and C.S.A.O. Skills learned from the other courses in the program will again be demonstrated by the student by drawing, designing and assembling a simple residential drainage, waste and vent system or part of such system either alone or with a partner. DRAF-3034 Trade Documentation 2 3 In this course, the student will learn the use of the Ontario Plumbing Code and the basics of blueprint reading. A study of the relationships involving owner, architect, builder and tradesperson is also included. This course will introduce the student to isometric drawings to scale and reinforce the ability to produce orthographic drawings and read and interpret drainage waste and vent construction trade drawings and job specifications. MATH-3082 Trade Calculations 2 3 The calculation of perimeter, area, and volume as it relates to the capacity of pipes, cylinders and tanks in both Metric and Imperial measurements, and how these calculations may be used to determine load weights for hoisting operations. The students will also calculate ratio and proportional with percentage, using both fractions and decimals. Students will also perform BTU calculations. COMP-1506 Computer Applications 1.5 The student is introduced to the basics of computer operating systems and file management. The student will gain practical knowledge of various software applications such as: Word, Excel. COMM-3084 Communications for Plumbing Techniques 3 This course develops professional and business communication skills. Students focus on current business issues and compose relevant documents like emails, memos and letters. Students are made job ready through the design and production of an effective resume and cover letter. Teamwork is facilitated with a research-based comparative report done in small groups. Presentation skills are demonstrated with a final group presentation of the researched report.
Careers - 2019/2020
Career OpportunitiesGraduates of this program can seek employment in the plumbing trade to pursue an apprenticeship or work in a large number of trade related occupations.
More Information - 2019/2020A One-Year Ontario College Certificate ProgramProgram Code: PLQ1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactDonald J. Smith School of Building Technology: 519-452-4414
Program DescriptionThe Plumbing Techniques program is an Ontario College Certificate program designed to prepare graduates for entrance into a plumbing career through the understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of the plumbing trade and the associated tools and materials. Students will participate in the practical application of fundamental plumbing activities in labs on site at the College in addition to the theory learned in a face-to-face web-enhanced environment. This is an entry level credential and students are not required or qualified to become members of a professional or regulatory body upon completion.Learning Outcomes
- Work according to contractual obligations; the project manual; applicable laws, standards, bylaws, and codes.
- Execute plumbing projects effectively and accurately by interpreting graphics, drawings and written documentation.
- Work responsibly and effectively with others and in accordance with appropriate practices, procedures and in compliance with health and safety legislation.
- Use tools and equipment for basic installation manufacture, and repair of components to required specifications.
- Contribute to the organizing and planning of plumbing installation projects.
- Solve routine plumbing issues using a variety of problem solving approaches.